Vista Outdoor has joined forces with Camp Valor Outdoors to help active duty military members and veterans reconnect with their love of the outdoors.
“Our company has a strong heritage of supporting military members, veterans, and their families,” said Fred Ferguson, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for Vista Outdoor. “Many of our products are developed for military members, police officers and first responders who risk their lives in defense of our freedom, and we owe these heroes a debt we cannot fully repay. We believe camaraderie and the great outdoors promote healing for wounded warriors, and we’re honored to contribute to a program like Camp Valor, which is so crucial to military members in need.”
Camp Valor, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, began with one retired Marine trying to make a difference in the lives of military members and reduce the veteran suicide rate. The organization now has hundreds of volunteers who focus on providing opportunities for wounded warriors to participate in competitive outdoor activities with dignity and respect while empowering them with the skills and motivation to overcome their injuries.
“We are stemming the veteran suicide rate by building bonds and getting warriors outdoors among other veterans,” said Colonel Denise Loring, Camp Valor Outdoors Chief Operating Officer. “Vets from any generation and all services enjoy time together – whether in a duck blind, on a bass boat, or on the firing line. We appreciate the contributions of our partners like Vista Outdoor who enable us to fulfill our mission.”
Among their many events, which also include hunting and fishing events, Camp Valor Outdoors rolled out a competitive shooting team that participates in local, state, regional and national level high-power competitions. Vista Outdoor donated .223 ammunition and primers under its Federal Ammunition brand to support these events.
Camp Valor also provides instruction and on-line coaching for veterans learning competitive shooting. Colonel Loring explained the group handloads ammunition for the 600-yard line, where load development and testing is critical.
“We found that Federal primers were the best with the load we have for the best speed and accuracy,” she said.